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Insanity Defense

At the end of a rather long day, I swung by Neil Cavuto's show on Fox News and was perhaps rather blunt about the current state of both the Republican and Democrat races. First, the Republican presidential campaign. Rand Paul calls the commanding lead of Donald Trump "temporary insanity" on the part of the voters: Steyn stated, "Rand Paul says this is temporary insanity on the part of whatever it is, 20-something percent of the Republican base. I think it was Einstein who said that insanity is ...

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Unnatural Selection

White House flack Josh Earnest calls the Planned Parenthood videos "selectively edited". No. What's being "selectively edited" is the baby: Eyeballs, hearts, blasting out brains--all in a day's work at #PlannedParenthood This is depravity, and it happens every day in Planned Parenthood clinics across America - and only in America. As I've said repeatedly, Sweden doesn't do it, France doesn't do it, Norway doesn't do it... Question to Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi: Is every European social ...

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Steyn on America

Pathway to Codswallop

In a thoughtful review of Ann Coulter's splendid new book, iconoclastic Democrat Mickey Kaus lists the open-borders advocates in American politics: ...the entire Democratic party, half the Republican party, half (secretly) of the politicians who claim to represent the other half of the Republican party, virtually the entire press (including Fox), virtually all of business, and virtually all big money political donors (including the Kochs!). The bit I've bolded helps explain the Trump bump in ...

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On the Air

The Consultant-Industrial Complex

This morning I started the day with the great John Oakley on Toronto's AM640. In light of the latest revelations re Donald Trump - he raped at least one of his wives!!! his kids have killed and grilled every single animal on the endangered species list!!!!! - we discussed the way the normal rules of American politics apparently do not apply to the new GOP frontrunner.

Given that the "normal rules" of American politics have delivered America into the hands of a permanent ruling class content to preside over a hyper-regulated, corrupt, cronyist, indebted borderless ruin mitigated according to taste by a deranged hyper-sexualized identity-politics totalitarianism hunting down homophobic bakers and confederate-flag decals, I'm relatively relaxed about that. Your mileage may vary...

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On the Air

Clumps, Lies and Videotape

On Monday night I joined Sean Hannity at Fox News to discuss Planned Parenthood and Donald Trump. Judging from Twitter commentary, many Americans are prepared to defend the harvesting of baby body parts by Cecile Richards and her staff. If so, shame on you. I wrote last week that no other country in the civilized world has a "Planned Parenthood": a billion-dollar abortion conglomerate. One Tweeter said so what? Abortion is only "three per cent" of what Planned Parenthood does. In fact, as I ...

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Top Billing

Breaking news from Forbes: Iran Is Not Nazi Germany And Mark Steyn Is Not Winston Churchill ~Hard to follow a headline like that but we'll do our best. Reacting to news that Charlie Hebdo is out of the Motoon business, Douglas Murray writes in The Spectator: The reality is that intimidation and terrorism work. It is the reason why every major publication in the Western world failed to do what Charlie Hebdo had done. And it is the reason why, from Copenhagen to Texas, the people with guns keep ...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

The Gal That Got Away

ImageOne Sunday in the summer of 1954 Alec Wilder, a composer of serious concert music, went with a couple of friends to a bar in Toms River on the New Jersey shore. He had some loose change in his pocket, so he went to the jukebox and dropped a nickel on the new Sinatra single. The machine extracted the 45, lowered it to the turntable, and dropped the needle. A big brassy vamp filled the barroom, reprised by the rest of the orchestra, and at a brisk clip. And then Frank...

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Topical Take

Queer Theory meets African Studies

President Obama has wrapped up his tour of Africa. It was notable, insofar as that word can be applied to the trip, for his somewhat condescending and neo-colonial lecture to his hosts on the need to ease up on the old homophobia. Certainly, Africa is not terribly gay-friendly. But nor are other parts of the planet. In his ardent wooing of Iran, for example, he doesn't seem to have been perturbed in the least by his new best friends' executions of homosexuals, anymore than he is by the ...

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Defend Free Speech!

And Then There Were None...

We noted last year the emergence of a new global health crisis: Climate Depression Is For Real. Just Ask A Scientist. Since then, alas, the legions of depressed climatologists have multiplied exponentially, leading some virologists to speculate whether the disease is now airborne and you can catch it just from reading a Michael E Mann #KochMachineDenier Tweet. This month's Esquire contains a massive peer-reviewed story on pre-traumatic planetary-stress disorder: Among climate activists, gloom ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Young at Heart

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Fairy tales can come true
It can happen to you...

It happened to Frank Sinatra three months after recording our Friday song, "I've Got The World On A String": He had, finally, a movie role worthy of his talents - Maggio in From Here To Eternity. It opened in August 1953, and was a sensation. Six months later he had an Academy Award - for acting, which, as Sammy Cahn liked to say, "isn't even what he does". On Oscar night, March 2nd 1954, Frank literally ran down the aisle...

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Mark at the Movies

Distant Intimacy in the Dining Car

Mark celebrates one of his favorite movie scenes, and its author Ernest Lehman

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Ave atque vale

The Riches in Rags

E L Doctorow at the dawn of the American century

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